x133........authorities and powers--only found in the world

1 ¶ Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, 2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. (Titus 3:1-2)

1 ¶ Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7 ¶ Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. 8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. (Romans 13 1-10)


These two areas of scripture have often been used to give the idea that we ought to obey the "authorities" within the church. But it is very clear that when we study them in context we see that they are clearly speaking about "authority" (power--exhousia) being found in the world rather than the church.

Paul is operating from the correct Biblical standpoint that there be no authority over one another within the church. What is being said in these areas of scripture is that we ought to obey the powers that be in the world--that in fact God has put those authorities in place--since all power does come from God.

18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. 1 ¶ Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. (Romans 12:18-13:4)

When we see these verses in context we can see that the point being made is for Christians " If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men." So the entire statement is that we should not resist the good Godly parts of worldly rulership--in this case "authority"--Understanding that all power (authority) really comes from God--not from man. So that even though the worldly system of authority over others is in place in the world--we ought to-- as best we can--certainly without compromising the Gospel or our service to God--obey the ruling authorities in the earth--and live peaceably with them--and in fact respect the fact that God's power can come thorough them when we do good things rather than rebellious wicked things.

But the exercing of authority, one over another, is to be found in worldy government, and NOT amongst ourselves.